Biology Placement Exam

Exam information

Please note: this is a test for placement into WSU Biology classes, NOT for course credit. If you are interested in credit by exam, please visit the CLEP page for more information.

The purpose of the Biology Placement Exam is to determine appropriate course placement for introductory biology coursework.  Several basic courses at Wayne State University are taught with the expectation that the student has attained a certain level of knowledge and skill in the subject. Since it is better to place into a lower-level course by taking an examination than to fail a higher-level course for which you are not adequately prepared, there is every reason to feel comfortable about taking a placement examination.

The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in reading, writing, and mathematics are used to determine placement into BIO 1050, 1500 or 1510. 

ACT Composite Score

SAT Reading + Writing + Mathematics Scores                   
(March 2016 and later) 

24 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510

1160 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510

23 or below = placement into BIO 1050

1150 or below = placement into BIO 1050



  1. The ACT or SAT scores used may not be from an exam taken more than two years prior to enrollment in the course.
  2. If you have taken the ACT and/or SAT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered. If the most recent ACT and/or SAT scores were taken during the same month and year, the highest score will be used.

As an alternate or additional method of placement, a student placing into BIO 1050 via the ACT or SAT may take the Biology Placement Exam if he/she wishes to attempt placement into BIO 1500 or 1510. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT or have scores more than two years old must take the Biology Placement Exam to determine course placement.

The Biology Placement Exam is a computer-based, 50-item multiple-choice test, timed for 60 minutes. No aids are permitted. The examination fee is $25.00.  You may take the Biology Placement Exam once per semester, and examination results are valid for three semesters. The examination content is based on a one-year high school biology course that included a laboratory. Resources to help you prepare for the exam are available at

Rescheduling, refunds and fees

  1. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
  2. A refund can be processed only if it is made before the day of the examination. Refund requests made on or after the examination date or after the third reschedule cannot be honored.
  3. Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
  4. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

On the day of the examination

Valid identification is required to test. Bring your WSU OneCard, or government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID). The identification presented must be an original document. You will also need your WSU Access ID and password. Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided.  Be on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Examination schedule

Test results from the dates listed below are valid for course placement for the following semesters:

Winter 2020, Spring/Summer 2020, and Fall 2020



3:30 PM


10:30 AM


10:30 AM


2:00 PM


9:00 AM



10:30 AM



2:00 PM


10:30 AM


10:30 AM



10:30 AM


How to register for an examination

This examination is not administered on a walk-in basis. You must register to reserve a seat for the examination at least two business days in advance of the desired date, provided that room capacity has not already been reached.

  1. In-person Registration: If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.
  2. Online registration: Click the "Register for a test" button on the bottom of this page. This will lead you to the online registration system, where you may pay with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and registration.

Special accommodations

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at .


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